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Wednesday, March 6 2019

A Bible Journey, 137: What Did Moses and Aaron Lose At Meribah?

"Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? ... And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them"

The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name). The LORD, Who later became the Passover, established the prophetic observance of Passover (see A Bible Journey, 62: Why Is It Called Passover? and A Bible Journey, 126: Passover - From The Elders To The Priests).

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)


The Israelites had incessantly whined and rebelled right from the first day of their liberation (see A Bible Journey, 133: The Spirit Of Rebellion). On yet another occasion, "they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron."

"20:2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. 20:3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! 20:4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink." (Numbers 20:2-5 KJV)


The LORD had supplied everything that the great multitude had needed, while at the same encouraging them to learn to make their own living. When they failed to find water for themselves, the LORD provided Moses with the means to demonstrate that water was abundantly available. Unfortunately for Moses and Aaron, they had lost patience with the rebels and provided water to the people without giving thanks to the LORD. It was a costly error for Moses and Aaron: "And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."

"20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them. 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

20:13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them." (Numbers 20:6-13 KJV)

The Israelites could have directly entered the Promised Land only fourteen months after the Exodus (see the Fact Finder question below). When they refused to enter the Promised Land, the LORD turned them around to wander in the wilderness of the Sinai for forty years, until the adult generation of rebels had died off (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai).


"20:14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us: 20:15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers: 20:16 And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border: 20:17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

20:18 And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword. 20:19 And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing any thing else, go through on my feet.

20:20 And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand. 20:21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him." (Numbers 20:14-21 KJV)

Aaron was the next to die. The High Priesthood was passed to his son Eleazar, just as the leadership of Israel would soon pass from Moses to Joshua.

"20:22 And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor. 20:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying, 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah. 20:25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: 20:26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

20:27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 20:28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. 20:29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel." (Numbers 20:22-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is there a book of "Deuteronomy" in the Holy Bible?
See Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?


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This Day In History

This Day In History, March 6

12 BC: Roman Emperor Augustus (formerly known as Octavian) was named Pontifex Maximus, thereby incorporating the position into that of the Emperor (see The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus and The Origin Of Politics and Republics).

Augustus was the Emperor at the time of the birth the Jesus Christ and is recorded in the Bible (see The Roman Emperors: Augustus and Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). An actual in-his-lifetime sculptured portrait of Augustus is shown below.


961: Nikephoros Phokas led the Byzantine (East Roman Empire) conquest of Chandax during the Byzantine campaign to recover the island of Crete from the Muslims.


1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam (it was no discovery for the native people who lived there).


1617: Louis Hebert signed an agreement that entitled him to become the first farmer in New France (North America).

New France

1629: In Germany, the Edict of Restitution ordered that all church property seized since 1552 be returned to the Roman Catholic Church.

1820: The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President James Monroe. It provided for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a "slave state," but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.

1834: The city of York was officially renamed Toronto. The city had a population of 10,000 (the population of the "Greater Toronto Area" today is 6 million).

York Toronto

1836: The 13-day siege of the Alamo ended when Mexican troops under Santa Anna captured the mission fort (see also The Mexican Border Wall).


1857: The U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision ruled that slaves were property, not citizens.

1899: Bayer registered "Aspirin" as a trademark of its brand of acetylsalicylic acid.

1900: Gottfried Daimler, engineer who built the first motorcycle, died.

1933: All U.S. banks were closed by a proclamation from President Franklin Roosevelt. The closings were considered necessary after a series of major bank failures and runs on banks (in the 8 days preceding March 4, $1,500,000,000 had been withdrawn by depositors) and the closing of banks by a number of states beginning with Michigan in mid-February. Following passage by Congress of the Emergency Banking Act 3 days later, "sound" banks were permitted to reopen.

1944: 658 U.S. bombers began a daylight attack on Berlin from bases in Britain and dropped 2,000 tons of bombs.

1946: France stated that it would recognize Vietnam as a "free state" within the French Union, with French troops stationed there (which hardly made it a "free state"), but the final confirmation of the accord never came. French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade (the U.S. replaced France in Vietnam).


1964: King Constantine II of Greece succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.

1964: "The Nation of Islam" officially gave boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.

1975: The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas was shown to a national TV audience for the first time.

The supposedly zigzagging "magic bullet" fallacy was actually the result of the seating - President Kennedy's VIP seat was about 6 inches higher and 8 inches to the right of Governor John Connally who was sitting on the door opening "jump seat" (look closely at the photograph below). That reality provides a perfectly straight line from the upper story window, through Mr. Kennedy's neck and into Mr. Connally's back. There was no "magic bullet."


1987: A Townsend Thoreson ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized on its way out of Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium drowning 193 people.

2008: A "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) gunman murdered 8 students and critically injured 11 more in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.




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